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From The CriticsReviewer: Marie A Dewitt, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is an extremely practical, straightforward book that addresses psychiatric illness in pregnant woman and postpartum mothers with a focus on treatment options.
Purpose: The book succeeds in reviewing the psychiatric care, inclusive of treatment as well as often overlooked related considerations, of the pregnant and postpartum patient with a history of or current psychiatric disorder. It will readily serve as an influential resource in assisting healthcare providers in their interactions with pregnant and postpartum women with mental illness.
Audience: It is intended for primary care physicians, including obstetricians/gynecologists, family physicians, internists, and pediatricians. Although it is written to be practical to these targeted practicing physicians, it could be useful to those in psychiatric training.
Features: Chapters are arranged by illness group, and include chapters on the often disregarded topics of substance abuse and eating disorders in pregnancy. These are augmented by a general introductory chapter and a final chapter that discusses the potential impact on children and infants. Each chapter begins with a paragraph summary and key words. Some chapters include case presentations and discussions. References are listed at the conclusion of each chapter. A thorough index is provided. The addition of a chapter covering psychopharmacology in this patient population would be of great help to the primary care physicians targeted by this book.
Assessment: This will be a useful addition to any primary care physician's shelf. The variations and special considerations in the presentation, complications, and treatment of psychiatric symptoms in pregnant or postpartum woman with mental illness are thoroughly yet concisely discussed. The book addresses less discussed, although equally important, topics such as eating disorders, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders in pregnant and postpartum women. This inclusive book is an indispensable resource for primary care physicians.